Bob Donchez has never heard of the group that’s buying the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, but knows the group that’s selling it quite well.
Las Vegas Sands Corp., which opened the casino on former Bethlehem Steel land in 2009, has delivered on its promises to the city and will be missed, the Bethlehem mayor said Thursday.
“I really want to commend the Sands for their development of the site over the last 10 years and for providing jobs for 2,500 people,” Donchez said. “And for being so involved in the community, especially the schools in the South Side. They have been a good corporate citizen.”
The company earlier Thursday announced it plans to sell its Bethlehem casino to Wind Creek Hospitality, an affiliate of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama, for $1.3 billion.
Sands Bethworks Gaming LLC’s $9.8 million bid to reserve a location centered in Hempfield Township, near the Ohio border in the northwest, was determined to violate provisions of the state’s gaming law, officials said.